December in five articles

We apply our research expertise to offer you a monthly selection of five articles that attracted our attention with their originality, relevance and/or in-depth analysis. Happy reading!

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1. DECISION
Why You Decide the Way You Do , MIT Sloan management review
An overview of the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on decision-making processes to inform and improve how we make decisions.
2. DIGITAL
Running your company at two speeds, McKinsey Quarterly
Did you like Accelerate by John P. Kotter ? This article suggests applying a similar principle (a two-speed architecture) to digital strategy.
3. CLIENT ORIENTATION
The 3 Elements of a Strong Corporate Identity, HBR
Companies with a strong corporate identity outperform industry averages by 25%. So what are the three pillars of a strong corporate identity?
4. HUMAN RESSOURCES
Creating People Advantage 2014-2015: How to Set Up Great HR Functions, BCG
3,507 individuals participated in the BCG survey on the challenges and priorities confronting human resources departments for the next 5 years. The report shows that HR continues to play a key strategic role today.
5. STRATEGY
A Different Kind of C(E)O, Strategy+Business
The business world is hit hard by political and societal upheavals. A recent study indicates that companies ofen misunderstand such upheavals and struggle to grasp the threats they pose to competitivity. Do businesses need a Chief External Officer ?
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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Managing up without sucking up, HBR Review
Every employee has an interest in maintaining positive relationships with their higher-ups. This short guide from HBR explains how!